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When are store owners liable for slip-and-fall accidents?

Online shopping is becoming more and more popular in Florida. It may be the future of shopping, but today there are still many stores that have buildings where people go in and buy the items right there. People go to grocery stores, clothing stores, hardware and home goods stores, stores for electronics and many other types of stores. While people are in these stores they expect to be safe, and be able to go in buy what they would like and leave.

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes there are accidents and people suffer injuries as a result. One of the most common types of accidents are slip-and-fall accidents. These can occur when there is some kind of liquid on a floor that the shopper does not see and slips after stepping in it. These can seem like small accidents, but they can cause serious injuries depending on how the shopper falls and lands.

Immigration statistics for Florida

There are millions of people who call Florida home. These people come from many different backgrounds and currently live in Florida for many different reasons. Some were born here, some came from another state for a job or to go to school. Some came to be closer to family. Many others also came from other countries to live in Florida. There are many immigrants who make up a large portion of the population.

In 2015, there were a total of 20,271,272 people living in Florida. Out of that number 16,185,032 were born in the U.S. and 4,086,240 were born in a foreign country, which is approximately 20 percent of the total population. The number of foreign born individuals living in Florida in 2015 is almost twice as many as those in 2000.

Certain expedited employment visas are being processed again

There are many people around the world who would like to move to various cities in Florida. These people all want to come here for various reasons as well. It could be to escape poor living conditions in their own country. It could be to live with family, who have previously moved here, to go to school and for many other reasons. One of these other reasons is for employment immigration. Many people move here for jobs, many of them in high tech type jobs.

There is a certain kind of visa, an H-1B, that is a unique visa often utilized by tech workers coming to the U.S. for jobs. This visa is unique for a couple of different reasons. One reason is that they are capped at 85,000 and people get them through a lottery on April 1st each year. Another unique aspect is that they can be expedited for an increased fee and must be processed within 15 days if expedited.

Types of FDA recalls for defective products

People in Florida have many different options for almost any type of product they may want to purchase. Some are more diligent than others when they decide what product they will buy, but everyone expects that the product they purchase will work like it is supposed to work. Some of these products are designed and made better than other products though. Sometimes products break through no fault of the owner, which can be very frustrating.

However, sometimes the defective product does more than just frustrate the owner, sometimes defective products cause injuries. To try and protect against this happening most products must meet certain safety requirements established by the FDA. If products do not meet the standards after sales have started or the product is found to be defective, the FDA issues recalls of the products to protect consumers.

Differences between citizenship and permanent residence

Many people in Florida were born in the U.S. and have been citizens since the time of their birth. However, as most people are aware there are also many people in Florida who have come to the U.S. at some point in time in their life. Some have temporary visas which allow them to be in the U.S. for a short period of time, but there are many others who can live in the country permanently.

There are two main ways that people can do this legally. They could have their Green Card and be a permanent resident or they could have citizenship. Both allow people to live in the U.S. permanently and leave the country and still come back legally, but there are differences between them as well.

Differences between IH-3, IR-3, IH-4 and IR-4 visas for children

There are many people in Florida who would love to have a family. However, there are many reasons why they may not be able to have their own biological children and begin the adoption process or choose to adopt instead of having their own children. Many of these families also seek to adopt children internationally as well. Adopting internationally can have some advantages, but it can also make the adoption process a little more complicated.

For children being adopted internationally there are a few different kinds of visas that are granted and each grant different child citizenship. The main four are IH-3, IH-4, IR-3 and IR-4 visas. The IH visas are given for children coming from countries under the Hague Convention and the IR visas are for children coming from non-Hague Convention countries. The IH-3 visas are for children who have had their adoption finalized prior to coming to the U.S. and the IH-4 are for children who are coming into the country in order to be adopted.

Who can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida?

It is inevitable that at some point in time people in Florida will have a loved one pass away. Everyone knows that this will occur at some point in time, but it does not make it any easier when it actually happens. While it does not necessarily make it any easier, the hope is that the person dies at an old age after living a long, full life. However, this is not always the situation and many people die in fatal accidents when they are relatively young.

When people die young it can be very difficult on their family who may have relied on the loved one not only for support and guidance, but also financial resources. So, while the family is trying to figure out how to fill the emotional void, they will also have to fill the financial void. Simply paying the monthly bills can become difficult.

How the travel ban may affect employment visas

As many people in Florida know, immigrating to the U.S. can be a long and complicated process. The travel ban that was recently allowed by the Supreme Court seems to have made the process for the people coming from six countries even more complicated. There were exceptions to the executive order for people with a bona fide relationship with an individual or entity in the United States, which only added to the complications.

In a previous post we discussed what this meant for family members trying to come here. However, there is also an exception for people who are coming here for employment immigration. Having a job within the U.S. can create a bona fide relationship with an entity. So, many people coming to the U.S. on employment visas will be able to still come as long as the employment visa was granted within the ordinary course and not designed to circumvent the executive order.

What is a close familial relationship for the travel ban?

The President of the United States has been pushing for a travel ban for certain people coming from six countries mainly in the Middle East, which would affect people in Florida. In a recent post we discussed that the United States Supreme Court had allowed portions of the travel ban to go into effect after initially being blocked by Federal Circuit Courts.

However, in that post we also discussed how certain terms were left vague by the Supreme Court, raising questions about who would be exempt from the President's Executive Order and who would not. The U.S. Department of State recently tried to clarify some of the confusion by defining some of the terms. The one most important to people in Florida dealing with family immigration is whether their families would still be able to come into the country.

Special rules for property owners with respect to children

In general in Florida, there are different written and unwritten rules for adults and children. Some rules remain the same but, for example, people do not treat an adult in the same manner they would treat a seven-year-old child. There is an understanding that children's brains have not fully developed yet and in many situations they do not realize the consequences of their decisions and need much stricter guidance in order to make the right decision.

This general concept is also true as it relates to premises liability laws in Florida. Normally property owners' level of care owed to people on their property depends on why the person is on the property. In general a property owner owes trespassers the lowest level of care. Only when the property owner purposely does something to injure a trespasser will they be liable for any injuries.

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